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Nickerson State Park, Brewster

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Nickerson State Park is a state-owned, public recreation area of more than located on Cape Cod in Brewster, Massachusetts. The state park's sandy soil and scrub pines surround many kettle ponds which are dependent on groundwater and precipitation. The largest of these are Cliff Pond (the largest at across), Flax Pond, Little Cliff Pond, and Higgins Pond. Ruth Pond, Keeler's Pond, Eel Pond and Triangle Pond provide additional water habitats.HistoryThe land comprising the state park was once part of the estate of Samuel Mayo Nickerson (1830-1914), an area native and Chicago liquor distiller who made a fortune as one of the founding officers of the First National Bank of Chicago. In 1890, Nickerson built Fieldstone Hall on land overlooking Cape Cod Bay, a mile west of the present-day park, to be the home of his son Roland C. Nickerson, Roland's wife Addie, and their three children, Roland Jr., Samuel, and Helen. Fieldstone Hall was lost to fire in 1906, and a larger mansion was built on the same site. That building subsequently became a seminary and is now a major feature of the upscale resort known as Ocean Edge.Shortly after Fieldstone Hall burned down, Roland Nickerson died at age 51, his death at the time being ascribed to his heartache at the loss of his home and personal possessions. His son, Roland Jr., a naval lieutenant, died in the 1918 influenza epidemic. In 1934, Addie Nickerson donated that portion of the estate on the south side of Route 6a for use as a "state forest park." It became the Commonwealth's first state park and was named in honor of her late husband and late son.
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  • Nice park with beautiful views of a pond which has a small beach. We liked walking around. Parking was plentiful off season. However, beware of snakes! None of them are venomous but if you are afraid ...  more »
  • this is always a place i list when returning to the cape. the bike paths are fantastic and the camping is great. i am so glad they put this partial of land aside  more »
  • What a beautiful and peaceful place to camp and hike. We loved it here and plan on coming back as often as we can get a reservation! My three children loved everything about the park and camp site. Ou...  more »
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  • Great park & campground. Many recreation options from hiking & biking trails, to fishing, swimming and boating. There are several kettle ponds to explore and swim and fish in. Clear water with clean sand beaches. Well laid out campsites. Clean restrooms, shower-houses, and even the port-o-potties were well attended.
  • Awesome camping, beautiful pond for swimming, and outstanding location. I highly recommend Nickerson. Watch out for poison ivy and ticks since they are common at most state parks in this region. Use bug spray and avoid plants with three leaves.
  • Very nice park with 3 ponds available for fishing. Lots of trails for hiking. Available camping spots and a beach make this a great place for families. Not too far away from amenities, yet far enough to feel like you're away from the hustle and bustle if the real world.
  • Great family campground. We were at area 6. Great beach right at the bottom if the hill at cliff pond. Perfect for kids to ride bikes around.
  • I have watched this pristine park become worn down over the years by all the traffic. At least they restricted power boats! Now the state has decided to control reservations not the park office itself. This has reduced availability without addressing any upgrades or conservation efforts.